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Dustin Prinz - Eleven

Few musicians take the time to master their instrument in the way that Oklahoma City singer-songwriter Dustin Prinz has; he’s a guitar virtuoso in every sense of the word, and Eleven gives him the chance to show just how far he can push that skill.
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Horse Thief – Fear in Bliss

Listening to Horse Thief’s previous release — the haphazardly melodramatic Grow Deep, Grow Wild — felt like a chore. Whatever potential the Oklahoma City folk-pop act demonstrated on the EP was obscured behind a formulaic, contrived and ultimately hollow cloud. But it at least offered a glimmer of promise for a band consisting of, frankly, five pretty talented dudes. Critics saw it; the band’s management saw it; its current label, Bella Union, saw it; and its increasingly fervid fan base saw it.
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Colourmusic — May You Marry Rich

There’s always a sense of danger when debuting songs in a live setting and playing them well. Without having heard the studio versions, expectations are set according to the live incarnations. But capturing the breadth of free-flowing atmosphere and sheer volume on a disc, vinyl or digital file isn’t the easiest thing to do, especially for a band as vociferous as Colourmusic.
04/01/2014 | Comments 0

Em and the MotherSuperiors — Churches into Theaters

As titles go, Churches into Theaters is an apt descriptor for the debut album from Oklahoma City rockers Em and the MotherSuperiors. It’s a reverential record, one that shares the gospel of classic rock, blues and soul but embraces the need to refashion it for modern times, channeling The Dead Weather, Grace Potter and Cage the Elephant along the way.
03/25/2014 | Comments 0

Rachel Brashear — Revolution

Rachel Brashear’s second EP, Revolution, starts with a kick to the shins.
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White flight

The sibling duo known as White Mystery soars higher, thanks to a strong bond to garage rock.

Joshua Boydston March 6th, 2013

White Mystery with The Copperheads and Dudes of America
10 p.m. Friday
Kamps 1310 Lounge
1310 N.W. 25th

Photo: Diane White
You’d be hard-pressed to find a more tightly knit band than White Mystery. Like Jeff the Brotherhood, but with one less Y chromosome, the Chicago garage-rock duo proves that the siblings who play together, stay together.

“A brother and a sister, you kind of have this nurturing relationship,” singer and guitarist Alex White said. “There’s no alpha-male struggle or sibling rivalry. There are no politics. There’s [drummer and younger brother] Francis, and there’s me, and it’s a total 50/50 partnership. The drums and guitar are set up side-by-side on the front of the stage; visually, that illustrates how we think of this band.”

She and Francis Scott Key White were primed for lives as musicians as youths in the Windy City, enchanted with the classic-rock tunes — Rolling Stones, The Who — that poured through the family’s stereo and the limitless underground punk gigs to enjoy every night.

“Our parents had such great taste in music, it was very easy for us to fall in love with music at a really young age,” Alex White said. “When you grow up with rock ’n’ roll as part of your family life, that just becomes who you are.”

After her stints in a number of acts, the two decided to make a go of it as a brother-sister duo. White Mystery was formed on April 20, 2008 — their grandmother’s birthday, incidentally — and released its self-titled debut exactly two years later, then a follow-up on that same date in 2011; its third album, Telepathic, drops this April 20.

“It was kind of serendipitous,”said Alex White. “That wasn’t what we planned to do from the start. It just naturally evolved, and it’s kind of like clockwork now.”

Telepathic represents a step forward in quality after two boisterous, fun, but relatively simplistic records.

“We’ve grown a lot, fortunately, as musicians and songwriters,” she said. “There’s interesting sonic textures; whereas we used to be in our early 20s, playing as loud and fast as we could, we really put some thought into this production-wise. We’ve come a long way, but it’s that same visceral feeling as all our music has ever had.”

The title is a nod to the unwavering mental link the sibs share, one that goes deeper than just being bandmates.

“There is quite a bit of subconscious communication that happens in terms of anticipating one another,” she said. “When we are playing, we rarely stop, and most of the time, we don’t have a set list. We just know what to play next. We are very, very close, and Telepathic is a representation of that. It is the culmination of our 25-year friendship.”

Hey! Read This:
The Copperheads interview  
Jeff the Brotherhood interview 

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